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Purdue 82, Western Illinois 50: Tommy Luce Takes First Step Toward 1,000 Point Club

The freshman is on the board!

NCAA Basketball: Western Illinois at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Years from now we will remember when Tommy Luce scored the first point of his career. The freshman walk-on, whose assists have been dubbed “Luce change” by acclamation on Twitter, hit a free throw with 1:27 left to notch the first point of his career. We can only speculate that it is the first of many and he will be the next 1,000 point scorer from Purdue. It was a critical point in tonight’s 82-50 victory.

Okay, so we didn’t absolutely NEED Luce’s talents. It was good to see the team and crowd get behind the freshman who was the only player who had not scored yet this season (aside from, of course, Jacquil Taylor). The real hero was Jon McKeeman selflessly notching a three trillion!

Oh, and Caleb Swanigan did something. His 21 point, 21 rebound effort comes on the day he earned his second Big Ten Player of the Week award. I am not sure if we should call it “The Blackjack” since it was double 21s or the double double-double since he had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds twice. Whatever it was, it was impressive.

In truth, Purdue didn’t shoot that well. It still won by 32. Part of that was the opponent and part was defense. Garret Covington was held to six points after averaging 21 points coming in. he did not score in the second half. Isaac Haas scored his first 11 points without even hitting a field goal. He finished with 18 points. vincent Edwards had a quiet 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Dakota Mathias and P.J. Thompson each had five assists.

All that equals an easy win over an overmatched opponent.